German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens after delivering a keynote speech during a debate on the federal budget at the Bundestag. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday there was still every chance for Britain’s divorce from the European Union to take place with a deal(...)

Women lay flowers at the site of a car accident in Berlin. Photograph: EPA

Politicians in Berlin are calling for a city-centre ban on “tank-like” SUVs after a driver reportedly lost control of his car and hit a group of pedes(...)

Glyphosate is cleared for use in the EU until December 2022. Photograph: iStock

Ireland is unlikely to follow Germany and other EU countries in banning use of the weed killer glyphosate– the subject of billion-dollar US lawsuits o(...)

Concerns about glyphosate emerged when a World Health Organisation agency concluded in 2015 that it probably causes cancer

The German government will ban the use of controversial weedkiller glyphosate - the subject of US lawsuits over claims it causes cancer - from the end(...)

The Bank of Japan’s decision to reduce rates to zero to reboot Japan’s flagging economy in 1999 was seen as radical at the time and looked on by US and European central bankers as a kind of Japanese idiosyncrasy, not to be tried anywhere else

This year, fittingly, marks the 20th anniversary of Japan’s zero interest rate policy (ZIRP). The Bank of Japan’s decision to reduce rates to zero to (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: ready to ditch a balanced budget? Photograph: EPA

News that the German government could ditch its balanced-budget rule and take on debt to stave off recession boosted European markets on Friday. DUBL(...)

Salah Estwani, 26, has received instructions from German authorities to go back to Syria. Photograph: Sally Hayden

It’s been two weeks since Salah Estwani got a seven-page letter telling him he needs to go back to Syria. He’s 26 – a Shakespeare lover with a bushy b(...)

Which Boris Johnson  will we get  in August – the bullish Brexiteer or the pragmatic centrist? Photograph:  Reuters/Simon Dawson

The business of government is winding down in advance of the summer break, the final meeting before the traditional Cabinet recess for August due to t(...)

Cecilienhof Palace in Potsdam in northeastern Germany. The heirs of the former Prussian monarchy are seeking the return of artworks and the right of residence in various properties.  Photograph: Barbara Sax/AFP

Cecilienhof is where, in 1945, the victorious allies set down the terms for post-war European order and set in motion events that led to the cold war.(...)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum with Princess Haya, the most visible and glamorous of  his reported six wives, at the Epsom Derby festival  in England on June 3rd, 2017. Photograph:  Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

Few world leaders are known to write poetry. Fewer still offer it up for public consumption. And almost none record their marital breakups in verse on(...)

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